People We Meet on Vacation

- Emily Henry


Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?



On vacation, you can be anyone you want.


This is my second Henry book, and I have to admit I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.

People We Meet on Vacation was so much longer than it needed to be. It felt like the same scenes over and over again. Poppy and Alex go on holiday, make fun of each other, get too close to flirting, back off, and then date other people. All while this big secret of what happened in Croatia hangs over their heads. And, of course, this secret isn’t revealed until almost the end of the book, and of course, it’s the most underwhelming climax that is made worse by being built up for this way-too-long book.

Honestly, that’s probably why I didn’t enjoy People We Meet on Vacation; I hate when authors withhold information purely to build suspense. We’re reading from Poppy’s perspective, and we spend sooo much time in her thoughts about Alex and their history; it makes no sense that this one detail that separated them for two years wouldn’t come up earlier in the narrative. Either make the secret worth keeping or let it come out naturally, don’t use it as a cheap plot device.

Fairly average and mostly repetitive, I can’t say I’m jumping to get my hands on another Henry book.



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